Re: The government should argue THEIR case, imho
Re. "world union" - I think my childhood prediliction for sci-fi led me to think that a World government was the perfect solution, and gives me a positive gut-feeling about any form of integration and federalism. Today Europe, tomorrow (well, perhaps not), the rest.
Same prediliction, and remains unchanged. I'd be quite willing to live in, say, "Doc" Smith's Civilisation (preferably after Boskone is defeated), note that he was an advocate of ever lowering taxes to allow maximised productivity. By contrast there are some pretty dystopian ones as well, the world inhabited by Gil Hamilton is none too appealing, most of us would have gone to the organ banks by now.
Two beers please, my friend is paying.